Transcript: LA Mayor Eric Garcetti’s remarks at the 4 p.m. press briefing on the fatal shooting in LAX

…The President of United States called to express his sympathies for what happened here in Los Angeles earlier today, to express his support for the family of the fallen and to ensure that anything we need, we will get from the federal government.

He also informed me that TSA Administrator John Pistole will be coming out here tomorrow to the scene.

First of all, our thoughts and prayers are today with the families, loved ones, and the colleagues of the fallen. An attack like this tests our resolve, ask who we are and how we respond to moments like this in the line of fire and in our recovery.

It is a tremendous testament that today – a day that started with horrific attacks is now ending with Los Angeles International Airport beginning to re-open.

This morning a gunman opened fire in LAX’s Terminal 3, killing a TSA agent, the first to die in the line of duty, and shooting two other people, at least one of which is a TSA agent.

Additional individuals who’ve had minor injuries have been treated.

Airport police officers engaged the suspect, opened fire, wounded him and took him into custody. The suspect has been identified as Paul Anthony Ciancia, 23, a resident of Los Angeles.

Right now, LAX terminals with the exception of Terminal 3 are re-opening as fast as logistically possible. But travelers should expect delays and should check with their airlines for flight information.

Our first priority is safety, and I know there’s tremendous pressure for the traveling public to get on their planes, to feel that they are secure. But we want them to be safe, first and foremost. So every part of this airport must be cleared before terminals can re-open.

Freeways and surface streets are now open but again the area around LAX should be avoided unless you have clear information on your flight and need to be in the area.

We also have a hotline for travelers needing a hotel near LAX. They should call 1888-831-7176.

One of the lessons of 9/11 was the need to work seamlessly across jurisdictions. Ironically, we had the FBI Director here earlier today; one of the things he expressed was how well this region works together before we knew this incident was going to happen.

I personally witnessed, as Mayor of this city, the seamlessness between agencies, between different levels of government, and I personally want to thank each of the men and women across federal, state, and local agencies that today have done incredible work. I want to commend those departments for their coordinated response…One last thing, I want to thank the volunteers, the staff at Los Angeles World Airports, the Red Cross, our civilian teams that fanned out whether it’s to get people into hotels or pass out water, to help feed some of the stranded, and to ensure that traffic was flowing. This was really a team effort.

When I say that we had great coordination here today, it started long before the tragedy befall us today. Just 3 weeks ago, there was training that went on with both airport police and Los Angeles police department on incidents just like this as was shared earlier. The tactics used today were actually practiced then – tactics that were developed by Los Angeles police department and were trained on by Los Angeles World Airport police.


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